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Re-aligning RIM loses its chief legal officer

Karima Bawa retires
Tue May 29 2012, 10:37
RIM is shedding staffers like snakes do skin

BLACKBERRY MAKER Research in Motion (RIM) has lost its chief legal officer in the same week that rumours suggest it is getting ready to part with 2,000 other employees.

Having already waved goodbye to its head of sales Patrick Spense, who resigned last week, and still facing talk about mass layoffs, the firm has announced that its chief legal officer is also leaving.

Sales chief Spense was a veteran at the firm, having been there for 14 years, and its legal chief Karima Bawa is too, with 12 years of service.

RIM said that the retirement was planned, adding that Bawa will remain in the position until a replacement is found.

"I thank Karima for her distinguished service. Karima has been a tireless advocate for RIM's business during more than a decade of hyper growth and she continues to actively support our business in her Chief Legal Officer role on a daily basis," said RIM president and CEO Thorsten Heins in a statement. "I am deeply grateful for her many years of leadership and commitment."

RIM has no comment on reports about 2,000 staff redundancies and will only refer us back to comments made during a recent conference call.

There we learn that the firm is realigning itself and redefining its business model. µ


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